KBEM

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Recognized as the Twin Cities’ public radio voice for jazz and education, KBEM is a program of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Approximately 150 students annually participate in KBEM’s hands-on educational program, which focuses on all aspects of broadcasting and production. Students who develop their skills and select broadcasting experience can gain significant on-air time. The station is on-air 24/7 with 35 hours of student programming each week, with live professional announcers and pre-recorded, syndicated programming filling out the rest of the schedule. KBEM is the only station in the Twin Cities market which offers a jazz format and officially provides MN-DOT traffic reports.

KBEM was initially established at Minneapolis Vocational High School in the 1960s. The station was moved to North High School in 1983 as a part of the District’s desegregation initiative and it continues to reside there today. The vast majority of KBEM students attend North High School.

Series

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1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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12 Pieces

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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13 Pieces

From humble beginnings in 1970, KBEM-FM has become the most powerful and longest-lasting radio station owned by a Minnesota school district, and one of the nation’s leading broadcast voices for jazz. Explore the people, places and events that have shaped KBEM’s first 50 years in this audio series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 02, 2022

Latest Pieces

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The Good The Bad and The Funky has been around a quarter of a century. Layne Bender of the Good the Bad and the Funky talked about the group recent...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Beasley's Big Band, Credit: Patrick O'Laughlin
Beasley’s Big Band is Back at its pre-pandemic spot, the Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul. Beasley’s Big Band plays every third Thursday at the c...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lila Ammons , Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons performs Saturday night April first and second at the Umbraa in Minneapolis. Twin Cities music fans know Lila Ammons for her renditions...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Peter Vircks is a Master of Approaches on Jazz Saxophone

  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tim Sparks, Credit: Ali Hasbach
The English pop group the Beatles cast a shadow that covers generations of music. Next Tuesday at the Dakota in Minneapolis, 4 leading local guitar...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jennifer Grimm, Credit: Nathan Nelson
This Sunday night, Jennifer Grimm sings Judy Garland, 7PM at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Jennifer told Phil Nusbaum that she has always identifi...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maddy Thies, Credit: Darin Kamnetz
Maddie Thies was born in Minnesota but spent many years in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been back for a long time, but one outcome of her travels is f...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maddie Thies, Credit: Darin Kamnetz
Maddie Thies was born in Minnesota but spent many years in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been back for a long time, but one outcome of her travels is f...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: American Roots Review , Credit: Raquel Mendez
The American Roots Revue next performance at…..Larry Long told Phil Nusbaum that The American Roots Revue grew from a project done with J.D. Steele...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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The Will Kjeer Group is a modern Jazz group, and includes elements of many styles in its playing. When Will spoke with Phil Nusbaum, Phil asked pia...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00